WATCH: Bucks’ Khris Middleton Threads the Needle Between Lakers’ LeBron James’ Legs

Published 01/21/2021, 11:09 PM EST
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts against the Phoenix Suns during a preseason game at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers continued their phenomenal form on the road as they won their eighth straight game away from the Staples Center. By defeating Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks, the LeBron James led Lakers regained the first seed in the West.

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The world had their eyes on this matchup as LeBron James and Giannis went head to head tonight. While Giannis had a good game, it was King James who came out victorious after the final whistle. Bron scored 34 points in the game while shooting 60% from the 3-point line!

However, LBJ’s near perfect night was scarred by one outrageous blemish. In the 3rd quarter, James was embarrassed by Bucks’ Khris Middleton as he sent the ball in between James’ legs to Jrue Holiday. Knowing Holiday, he finished with an easy layup to cut the Lakers’ lead to 5.

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Khris Middleton threads the needle to Jrue Holiday in transition!@Lakers 69@Bucks 64

Watch the action on TNT pic.twitter.com/k9typEg72z

— NBA (@NBA) January 22, 2021

Despite the Bucks coming close to a comeback on several occasions, they could never go over the jump. In the dying seconds of the game, LBJ called the game with a sensational 3-pointer over Brook Lopez.

This is the first time this season that the Bucks have lost back-to-back games. Needless to say, they would want to reduce these setbacks to minor roadblocks rather than long-lasting troubles.

LeBron James and the LA Lakers on course to win back-to-back NBA championships?

Dec 22, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) poses with 2020 NBA Champion ring before a game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Last season, LeBron James carried the team on his back to help the purple and gold win their first hardware in a decade. Following a tremendous championship run, the Lakers are expected to achieve the same level of success in the 2020-21 NBA season.

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However, the competition in the league is at an all-time high this year. Even if they make it out of the Western Conference, numerous strong contenders wait for them in the East.

But the way the defending champions are playing right now, they are definitely the favorites to win it all.

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What are your thoughts on the LA Lakers so far? Do you think they can win back-to-back NBA championships? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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